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of mergers to talk about. nicole: the first is in airline deal. it was highly anticipated that u.s. airways and american airlines would merge. first let's hit heinz. i am going to stick with heinz. warren buffett, berkshire hathaway. obviously at a premium. heinz is up 20%. watch the 3:00 p.m. show, we will certainly delve into it more for you. he loves their products. he loves the emerging markets. he thinks it was a great buy. then, we will talk about u.s. airways and american airlines merger. you can see they are finally coming together. the u.s. airways ceo will remain in the top spot as ceo. u.s. airways is down right now. dagen: thank you, nicole. connell: we are waiting for the speaker of the house, john boehner. we say take a look at this. a little over two weeks until automatic spending cuts will kick in. congress taking a week off leaving you just six working days to get something done. dagen: wait until the last minute has become the norm. how do you think this plays out? >> i think the impact on the economy will be small. the cuts are relatively small. we had $175 billion in tax
not living in the u.s. but in fantasyland? connell: we will talk about that and immigration reform because it has been huge topics this week. if we told you you could save billions of dollars in foreign aid to corrupt governments with immigration reform would you take that trade? dagen: super bowl feeder and counterfeiters are honest. we bring you more on a record $13.6 million bust in fake nfl merchandise. you got to give me a jersey, if you don't make one i will get one. connell: you will be all right. especially men wearing sports jerseys is one of my pet peeves. let's go to nicole petallides at the nyse-listed 14,000. nicole: don't come down here today because today on the floor of the nyse, support your favorite team. and the trader jackets a lot of traders are wearing their favorite jersey's. the dow four days out and we hit it, we are here, 14,000 right now, a gain of 140 points. dow leaders include bank of america and travelers and verizon and american express and at&t helping along the trend has been a good one, january, the best january in two decades. we kickoff 2013 in a very b
major deals. what's pressuring stocks? >> a fascinating look at ceo confidence, pwc's u.s. chairman is standing by. right now, he has his annual ceo survey. it might surprise you. >> calling senate's bluff on spending. lou dobbs weighs in. >> news on the stranded carnal cruise ship. the clock cannot turn fast enough. those poor people. >> i agree. up to speed on the markets, back to the floor, annie coal -- and nicole, another sideways day. >> dow down six points, not far off the unchanged line for all three major averages. the nasdaq and s&p squeeze out gains, the dow slightly to the downside. s&p, as we talked about yesterday, right, broader average, and the dow just has 30. it moves the archings more. one thing the traders talked about from the minute i walked in this morning was europe. you see the euro lower, the dollar is strong on a day where we heard that europe is struggling with growth over in germany, in particular, that's the real big one. france and italy would be in there. when you talk about the eurozone and growth potential seeing it is disappointing and not pulling
. the u.s. government has been bringing this up with the chinese for a long time. it is low risk. it is low cost. it is high return and difficult to track. even getting a location on these servers, this is a little bit of guesswork involved there. there are real challenges there. the big question is, how do we respond? connell: if you had to give a great to the american public, how ready are we? >> there are so many elements. you have to peel back the onion. you have to talk about things like, you know, the electrical grid and things like that. i would say we are at a c level. guy forbid, it could come to conflict with the chinese could shut out the lights on us here. shut off the power. shut out though, you know, air traffic control system. connell: thank you. i also want to point out that the ceo of that company preparing the report will be on the next hour of "markets now" with dennis kneale and cheryl casone. dagen: already looking into some stock orders. what does the chief have to say about this? connell: washington's spending problem. entitlement programs like social secur
on its nuclear program. they say the nuclear fuel is for energy reactors. the u.s. is concerned that they will produce weapons grade material. let's head to the pits of the cme and phil flynn. >> very little reaction down here. the very first place you want to look is the ti spread. it has spread out to the largest level of the year. it is possible that part of that could be this story. a lot of people did not hold out a lot of hope for the stocks. the direct talks with the u.s., they thought maybe something may come out of that. at least they were hopeful. the rejection, now that obviously looks like it will be off the table. these talks will not do a whole heck of a lot. this comes at a time where they are tightening sanctions even more on iran. we saw saudia arabia, and take if you cannot get enough supply, we will pump a little bit more. melissa: that u.s. productivity fell 2% in the fourth quarter to its lowest level in nearly two years. what does the next day to say about our economic recovery? what do you make of that productivity number? that jumped out at me. >> the mov
at the strong dollar. you also have to look that u.s. oil production did the highest level in almost 20 years. it is absolutely incredible. a couple days ago, everyone was talking about $100 a barrel. now they are wondering if $90 will hold. the april futures just hit $93, as i speak. inventories, of course, rose. it was on the increase in production. a decrease on imports. that really impacted the market. that is good news for gasoline prices. they got hit very hard. the gas inventories fell. that was a bigger drawdown in gasoline. because of the strong dollar, that is keeping that market very strong. heating oil, they do not seem to care. the other big numbers today, natural gas. a drawdown aided in expected. it gave natural gas a little bit of a boost today. we could see a bigger drawdown than expected next week. ashley: phil flynn of price future group. thank you so much. shibani: buckle up for more volatility, it sounds like. take a look at what is happening to the national price of gas. it is up there descent from a month ago. this is refinery plants across the country. they are facing
as we do every 15 minutes. lauren, we are starting the week on an up note. >> this u.s. stock market rally really started in europe. the u.s. market has of arrows across the board. a really tight range for stocks. volume clearly to the upside by about two-one your advance to the client line. really pushing closer to those all-time highs. 14,198. we are not far from there. 1576, we are not far from that either. we are getting there. hopefully, we can keep this winninn streak live. ashley: healthcare provider stocks taking a hit. proposing lowering medicare rates next year. peter barnes joins us now from inside the beltway with the details on this story. peter: they are proposing a cut of about 5% or so in payments to insurance companies that offer medicare advantage is. about a quarter of all seniors in medicare, about 15 million of them, are enrolled in medicare advantage. they could have added benefits. patients have to stay in their healthcare network which helps insurance companies, in theory, manage their costs. private insurers are reimbursed for all of this by the government. t
of cyber attacks against u.s. companies. dagen: the white house is considering fines and other trade penalties against china. peter barnes has the very latest from washington. peter: the administration is expected to release its own reports. attorney general eric holder will be holding a news conference on this this afternoon. the u.s. is trying to step up efforts to prevent chinese hacking which have hit dozens of u.s. companies. the second report increasing pressure on the administration to take more forcible action against the chinese for what experts say have been years of systematic x-men nosh. these new programs between u.s. intelligence agencies and companies will take time to roll out. connell: peter barnes in washington, d.c. for us. obviously, this is becoming a bigger and bigger story for us. watch this. >> we have also, regularly and repeatedly, raised our concerns at the highest level with the chinese government about cyber theft. including with sr. chinese officials and the military will continue to do that. connell: former navy seal is with us. you have heard the gover
. ashley: looking good, robert. melissa: the real housewives husband. ashley: thank you so much. melissa: u.s. home values closing out. 2012 medium home values are up 5.9% year over year. dan humphries -- stan humphries expects the recovery to continue. he is here with his predictions. thank you so much for coming on the show. let's start with the worst market for 2016. i want to drill down on some of these details. the places where you do not expect to see the biggest jump over the next year. they may be good opportunities for buyers, right? >> yes. some of the markets that will move slowest over the next year are markets in the midwest and northeast. think cincinnati, cleveland, new york, outside the five boroughs. out in new jersey, the markets are definitely moving slower. melissa: the reason why we highlight those, we call them the worst price appreciation over the next year, but they create good opportunities. talk about some of the best price appreciation targets right now. >> the best price appreciation that we expect to see is coming in markets that were the hardest hit during the do
that downgraded the u.s. it does not smell perfectly -- connell: they did not want to admit wrongdoing in a settlement. now you have a lawsuit as a result of that. there are a lot of people that were wrong about the financial crisis. maybe some of them were wrong on purpose, maybe they were not. if you look at the complaint, they may have some issues. there are e-mails. internal e-mails, if you look at the complaint back in 2006 where in s&p employee said rating agencies continue to create an even bigger monster. let's hope we are all wealthy and retired by the time this house of cards falters. that applies that selig did know it was a mess and they still said it is all right. >> you have to take into account how many employees work at any organization. it is very hard. we have not seen the complaint yet. what it actually stipulates. in terms of prognosticating the future and predicting the financial crisis -- connell: a lot of people were wrong. [talking over each other] connell: i do not know what your personal track record was, but analysts are wrong all the time. they make predicti
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. a mixed bag for this group in particular. dagen: we can skip the american airlines potential merger with u.s. airways, the biggest airline in the world. thank you, nicole. connell: blizzard watch for parts of the northeast. dagen: the very latest forecast for us. >> good morning. we have all the ingredients necessary to make for a major storm into friday night. including a big arctic air mass. the coldest temperatures in new england we have seen so far this winter. a storm in the midwest moving in and something we have not seen with any of these through the past week. gulf moisture. you have that storm. soaking rain across the coast, some have your thunderstorms around pensacola, much of this along the i-5 corridor. bringing in not only thunderstorms but tasty, tasty mess in chicago this morning, more than two-hour delays at o'hare. it is going to rapidly intensify moving north and east. we can expect some significant delays not only across new york but into the boston area as well, travel will be nearly shut down. heavy amounts of snow. places like hartford, springfield toward massachusetts
hurt u.s. exports and jobs by making u.s. products more expensive in japan, our fourth largest trading partner. the yen is already down 15% or so in the last few months since japan talked up more aggressive steps to stimulate its economy. president obama and the new japanese minister met at the white house on friday. trade was on the agenda; however, no word from either side if they actually discussed corp sigh specifically, but as you recall, two weeks ago, the g20 group of world's largest economies including the u.s. and japan issued a communique on currencies that analysts viewed as an endorsement of japan's aggressive economic maps including a lower yen. for now, doesn't look like the u.s. or other nations move to devalue their concern currencies to respond, but the reliance of american manufacturing warns japan saying, quote, the practice of currency manipulation with a major trading partner such as japan is a subsidy for their products entering our market and a tax on our exports entering their country." >> not been a year there ceoer, and meyer sayings get in the office or get o
%. their reasoning behind that is the u.s. oil production. we are up 376 million in total inventory. that is 10% higher than where we were one year ago today. dependence on opec, dependent on nigeria. i still think route oil prices slide a little bit more. ashley: very interesting. thank you so much. shibani: the s&p 500 is up more than 5% in the 2013 year. we are recovering, but have stocks hit their ceiling? our next guest causes a fake market rally. a little bit of a head fake. i know you have not been a believer. it seems that two days ago your predictions that this was a fake market rally were right. now, we are back up. what do you make of all this volatility? >> we need to put it into perspective. the federal reserve seeks control of this market through quantitative easing. that is what propels the market. the market starts to falter whenever there is even a little bit of hesitation. i think if you really drowned out into the economic numbers, this far into a so-called recovery, it is very difficult to give any kind of justification to a market advancing at that point. so good is, that h
, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. twe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. dennis: we are up 150 points on the dow and the only bad news is we were down 200 points yesterday. tracy: i think it lee will be talked about, sequester will be talked about and this market will play sideways until then. maybe you think i am crazy. lori: that is beside the point. [talking over each other] lori: who are you? john kerry? he had a big gap in a new country. anyway. good afternoon once again. i am lori rothman. melissa: i am melissa frances. senator's attack ben bernanke and the fed's bond buying program. the fed chairman says the benefits of the easy money policy out raise the rest. president obama on the road in virginia with a warning for shipbill is about automatic spending cuts but no sign
%. >> okay. i just have a minute on bozell 3, where is it on implementation in europe and u.s.? bring us up-to-date. this is a very important i think regulatory challenge. >> as you know we put out a proposed rule on bozell 3. we received a lot of comments. we worked through the comments. we've continued to talk to our international partners and we are planning to have a final ruling out on it, i can't give you an exact date but somewhere in the middle of this year, and with the aim to be -- beginning the implementation of it during 2013. i would point out also that as far as we can tell through our stress tests and other measures virtually all of our banks are already on track to meet the requirements. it is not a question of the banks not being adequately capitalized. they are already either at or about to reach the capital levels. >> what about europe and their banks? >> europe is also in the process of implementing it. their banking system is weaker i think. it has strengthened some in recent quarters. we are discussing with them some of the details o f their plans, some of which differ
, but it is not a final step. it can only really address what the u.s. government does and does not do, cannot make congress have to do something. i think the effort here is to move forward with a collaborative process in which the private sector works with the government so they are not facing unrealistic mandate. also to make sure we are raising our game in terms of defense all across the critical infrastructure. congress will have to act to really complete the process. melissa: what you think about practices that there would be some federal agency that enforces it. that sounds like the sec trying to deal with and monitor trading and although there are many flaws and problems, please there is a revelatory body out with a set of rules enforcing them. would that work when applied to cyber security? >> in certain areas of the economy we already have preparatory agencies that have looked at cyber security and have made it part of what the requirements are. other parts of critical infrastructure don't have those kind of revelatory bodies, so you're going to have to even it out. the executive order doe
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